Residents of Illinois who have taken pictures on Google Photos in the last seven years can earn money from Google. A class action lawsuit was filed against Google for violating the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA). By law, companies must obtain user consent before using their biometric data.
Plaintiffs allege that Google violated the BIPA by obtaining, collecting, and storing biometric data from Illinois residents without proper prior notice or consent, which the company used to group photos using its similar facial recognition features.
Any Illinois resident eligible to be photographed in Google Photos between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022, is eligible to pay, according to information from the Plaintiff’s Representative website. Payouts range from $ 200 to $ 400.
“The lawsuit did not go to court, and the court did not rule on behalf of the plaintiff or Google. Instead, the plaintiff and Google agreed to settle the case. The website representing the plaintiffs says 6
According to the settlement documents, Google denies any wrongdoing and claims of the plaintiff. However, the company has promised to remove the face template or face model associated with the Google Photos user account.